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Gluten Free Nut Free Spiced Cookies (Speculaas)

When I lived in the Netherlands, Speculaas used to be my absolute favourite cookie to enjoy with a cup of tea. Then once I returned, thanks to food intolerances, I had to go wheat free so they were no longer an option.

So back at home in Sydney, I went to work recreating a Speculaas cookie that had the same aromatic spices that would take me back but using ingredients that would love my stomach instead.

Now I make these when I’m feeling nostalgic or when the weather is a little glum. They’re the ultimate comforting cookie.


½ cup tigernut flour
1/2 tbsp coconut flour
½ tsp baking soda
pinch sea salt
1 tsp Speculaas spice (see recipe below and notes for other possible spice mixes)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
3 tbsp olive oil (or other oil)
2 1/2 tbsp almond milk, unsweetened


Speculaas Spice Mix

  • 2tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp nutmeg powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of white pepper

Note: No time to create your own spice mix? You could also use a 5 Spice, Mixed Spice or Pumpkin Pie Spice for a similar effect.



  1. In a medium bowl combine flours, baking soda, salt, spices, and sugar.
  2. Add oil and milk and stir to combine.
  3. Set aside in the fridge for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 190 degrees fan-forced and line a small baking sheet with baking paper.Put the cookie mix on the baking paper, and using another sheet of baking paper on top, roll the mix out approximately ½ cm thick. Use whichever cookie cutters you like to create fun shapes.
  5. Gently remove excess and continue to roll out the remaining mix until its all used.
  6. Reduce oven temperature to 180 degrees and bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on how big you’ve cut your cookies.
  7. Let cool on a baking tray for at least 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

If you try them, let me know by sharing with #tbdcreations on social media. I’d love to see!

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